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ABOUT PHOTOSENSITIVE SEIZURES 

A very small percentage of people may experience a seizure when exposed to certain visual 

images, including flasiiing lights or patterns that may appear In video games. Even people who 

iiave no iilstory of seizures or epilepsy may iiave an undiagnosed condition that can cause these 

"photosensitive epileptic seizures" while watching video games. 

These seizures may have a variety of symptoms Including: lightheadedness, altered vision, eye or 

face twitching, jerl<ing or shaking of arms or legs, disorientation, confusion, or momentary loss of 

awareness. Seizures may also cause loss of consciousness or convulsions that can lead to injury 

from falling down or striking nearby objects. 

Immediately stop playing and consult a doctor If you experience any of these symptoms. 

Parents should watch for or ask their children about the above symptoms — children and 

teenagers are more likely than adults to experience these seizures. 

The risk of photosensitive epileptic seizures may be reduced by sitting further from the television 

screen, using a smaller television screen, playing In a well-ilt room, and not playing when you 

are drowsy or fatigued. 

If you or any of your relatives have a history of seizures or epilepsy, consult a doctor before 

playing. 

OTHER IMPORTANT HEALTH AND SAFETY INFORMATION 

The Xbox™ video game system documentation contains Important safety and health Information 
that you should read and understand before using this software. 

AVOID DAMAGE TO YOUR TELEVISION 

Do not use with certain televisions. Some televisions, especially front- or rear-projection 
types, can be damaged if any video games. Including Xbox games, are played on them. Static 
Images presented during the normal course of game play may "burn in" to the screen, causing 
a permanent shadow of the static Image to appear at all times, even when video games are 
not being played. Similar damage may occur from static Images created when placing a video 
game on hold or pause. Consult your television owner's manual to determine if video games can 
be safely played on your set. If you are unable to find this Information in the owner's manual, 
contact your television dealer or the manufacturer to determine If video games can be played on 
your set. 

Unauthorized copying, reverse engineering, transmission, public performance, rental, pay for 
play, or circumvention of copy protection Is strictly prohibited. 

This product has been rated by the Entertainment Software Rating Board. For Information about 
the ESRB rating, or to comment about the appropriateness of the rating, please contact the ESRB 
at 1-800-771 -3772. 



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TABLE OF COnTEMTS 

USING THE HBOH" VIDEO OaiYlE SVSTEIYI 2 

USING THE HBOH" CONTROLLER 3 

Basic CONTROLS 4 

COMPLETE CONTROL SUKimaRV 5 

SETTING UP THE OaiYIE. 8 

MAIN MENU B 

PLAY NOW — STARTING AN EXHIBITION GAME B 

ON THE COURT 10 

GAME SCREEN ID 

PAUSE MENU 1 1 

SETTINGS 1 Z 

USER PROFILES 14 

oairiE mooES is 

SEASON 15 

DYNASTY mode" IS 

PLAYOFFS ig 

1 ON 1 T3 

INDIVIDUAL PRACTICE 1 g 

Ea SPORTS'" FREESTYLE CONTROL 20 

mv NOa LIVE 21 

NBA STORE Z 1 

EA sports' bio Z1 

TEam maNaoEniENT 23 

OPTIONS 25 

LOAD/SAVE Z5 

CONFIGURE CONTROLLER Z5 

JUKEBOX Z5 

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USING THE MBOH"" VIDEO 

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Controller port 1 
Controller port 2 






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Eject button 

Power button 



Controller port 4 
Controller port 3 



1. Set up your Xbox™ video game system by fallowing the instructions in the Xbox Instruction 
Manual. 

S Press the power button and the status indicator light will light up. 

2. Press the eject button and the disc tray will open. 

3. Place the NBA LIVE 2004 disc on the disc tray with the label facing up and close the disc tray. 

4. Follow on-screen instructions and refer to this manual for more information about playing 
NBA LIVE 2004. 

AVDIDING DAMAGETD DISCS DRTHE DISC DRIVE 
TO AVOID DAIvlAGE TD DISCS DR THE DISC DRIVE: 

• Insert only Xbox-compatible discs into the disc drive. 

• Never use oddly shaped discs, such as star-shaped or heart-shaped discs. 

• Do not leave a disc in the Xbox console for extended periods when not in use. 

• Do not move the Xbox console while the power is on and a disc is inserted. 

• Do not apply labels, stickers, or other foreign objects to discs. 



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USmO THE MBOM 
CONTROLLER 



Expansion slot A 



X 



Expansion slot B 




Right trigger 



Left trigger 



Left thumbstick 

BACK button 
START button 




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Blacl< button 
White button 



Directional pad Right thumbsticl< 

1. Connect the Xbox Controller into any controller port on the front of the Xbox console. For 
multiple players, connect additional controllers. 

2. Insert any expansion devices (for example, Xbox Memory Units) into controller expansion slots 
as appropriate. 

3. Follow on-screen Instructions and refer to this manual for more information about using the 
Xbox Controller to play NBA LIVE 2004. 

MENU CDNTRDLS 



Highlight menu Item 


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Change highlighted item 


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Select/Go to next screen 


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Cancel/Return to previous screen 


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For more info about this and other titles, visit EA SPORTS™ on the web 
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Baste CONTROLS 

Learn the basics of NBA LIVE 2004 using these controis. 

OFFENSE 

ACTION COMMAND 



IVIove piayer 






o 


Shoot 






© 


Pass 






o 


Dunk/Lay-up 






o 


Pro-Hop move 






o 


Turbo 






lil(Pjii) 


EA SPORTS™ Freestyle 


1 Control (>- p. 


20) 


@ 


DEFENSE 
ACTION 






COMMAND 


IVIove piayer 






o 


Switch players 






o 


Steal 






©or© 


Take a charge 






© 


Block/Rebound 






o 


Turbo 






El(Pjii) 


EA SPORTS™ Freestyle 


1 Control (>- p. 


20) 


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COmPLETE CONTROL 

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Take your game to another level with these advanced moves. 

□FFENSE 

ACTION COMMAND 




Move player 


o 


Shoot 


© (Press and hold to jump then release to 
shoot; Tap to fake) 


Pass (Direction of O chooses receiver) 


Q (Hold and release to execute a 
Give-and-Go) 


Dunk/Lay-up 


O (Double-tap to adjust your shot) 


Pro-Hop/Powar dribble 


O (Tap for power dribbie when player Is 
standing still) 


Turbo 


El(Puli) 


Back down defender/ Protect ball 


a (Pull) 


Alley-oop pass (When teammate has a 
clear lane to the basket) 


O(Hold) 

(Tap for fast break outlet) 


Direct pass (To a specific player) 


9 -i-0,0,@,orO 

(Tap 9 to pass to closest man to basket) 


Call timeout 


o 


Pause game 


o 


Call an offensive Quick Play™ (>- p. 1 1) 


® 


EA SPORTS™ Freestyle Control (>- p. 20) 


Q 


Off-Ball Switch (» p. 10) 

(to switch to a specific player) 


@(Cllck) + 0,0,©,orO 


CALL-FDR-PASS INBDUNDIND 
ACTION COMMAND 


Move pass receiver 


o 


Call for pass 


o 


Direct Player Switch (to a specific player) 


• +©,©,©, or© 


Strategic player switch 


® to switch to the best 3-polnt shooter, 
the closest man to the basket, the best free- 
throw shooter, or the best ball handler. 



ffOrf.'To switch to Direct Pass mode while Inbounding, press and hold ©, 
then press the button of the inbounding player. You can now use Direct 
Pass Inbounding by pressing and holding 9 again. 



DEFENSE 



ACTION 




COMMAND 


Move player 




o 


Switch players 




o 


Steal 




® or O (To dive for a loose ball on the 
court, press the O button.) 


Take charge 




© 


Jump to block/Rebound 




o 


Turbo 




El (Pull) 


Direct player switch (To a specific piayer) 


9 +0,0,©,orO 


Switch to last man back 




O(Tap) 


Intentional foul 




o 


Pause game 




o 


Call a defensive Quick Play™ (>- p 


.11) 


® 


EA SPORTS" Freestyle Control (>- 


p. 20) 


@ 



ADDITIONAL LOW PDST MOVES 

S To back your defender down, pull and hold O and choose one of the following moves: 
ACTION COMMAND 



Slam dunk 


Move O toward basket + O when close to 
basket 


Jump hook 


Move O toward basket + © when close to 
basket 


Fade away jump shot 


Move O away from basket + © 


Power dribble 


o 


Spin move from back down 


Move O in the direction you want to spin 
and release fl 



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□ FFENSE (PLAYER LOCKED) 






In Player Lock mode, use the special controls listed below when you don't have j 

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♦ These controls also work in Off-Ball Switch mode (p. 10). "^ ^^ 

ACTION COMMAND 



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Make computer ball handler shoot 


© orO 


Call for pass from the computer ball handler 


o 


Call for Dunk/Lay-up 


o 


Set screen 


O (Pull) + move® 



FREE THROWS 

Use the T-Meter™ to aim when shooting free throws. 

S Press O , O , or © when the cursor is in the center of the meter for best accuracy 



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Aim right/left 




Set the distance 



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SETTme UP THE GamE 

Life on the hardcourt begins from the NBA LIVE 2004 Main menu. 

♦ When you first load NBA LIVE 2004, you must seiect your favorite team. 

MAIN MENU 

Start to play right now 

(>- Play Now — Starting 

An Exhibition Game 

below) 

Get the scoop on 

EA SPORTS Freestyle 

Control (>- EA SPORTS 

Freestyle Control on 

p. 20) 

Take full control of a 

team and league rosters 

(>- Team Management 

on p. 23) 

Load or save your 

game, or adjust your 

controller configurations 

(>- Options on p. 25) 

HOTE: Default options are listed in bold in this manuaL 




Play more advanced 
game modes {Game 
Modes on >- p. 1 5) 

Load profiles, change 
settings, and more. 
{>' My NBA LIVE 
on p. 21) 

EA SPORTS Extras: 

Get a Season Preview 
and view game credits 



PLAY NOW — 

STARTING AN EXHIBITION GAME 

Go straight to the court in an Exhibition game between any two teams. 

TD START A PLAY NOW GAME: 

S From the Main menu, highlight PLAY NOW and press . The Select Teams screen appears. 
SELECT TEAMS SCREEN 

Select the teams for the next game. 



Away team 
Team rating 



Press O to access the 
Help menu 

Press © to go bacl< to 
the Main menu 




Home team 

User Controlled team 
(Player 1) 

Pull Q to access the 
User Profiles screen 

(^►p.14) 



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SELECTING THE TEAMS 

S To select a team to control, press ® <-► to move the controller icon under 

the desired team. 
O To play with another team, press ® t to scroll through available teams. 
S Keep track of your Individual stats in a User Profile. To create a User Profile, 

pull fl. For more information, >- User Profiles on p. 14. 
S To adjust your starting lineup, press O ■ For more information, >- Roster Mar^agement 

on p. 23. 
3 Press O to advance to the Select Jerseys screen (>- below). 

SELECT JERSEYS SCREEN 






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To choose a different 
jersey, press ®<-> 

Press the O button to 
navigate the home and 
away teams 

3 Press O to go to the Quick Settings screen. 

gUICK SETTINGS SCREEN 

Set the basic settings for the upcoming game. 

SKILL LEVEL Set your skill level to ROOKIE, STARTER, ALL-STAR, or 

SUPERSTAR. 
QUARTER LENGTH Set the quarter length from 2 to 1 2 minutes. 

ARENA SELECT Choose the arena in which to play the game. 

CAMERA VIEW Choose one of five camera views: CENTER COURT, 

SIDELINE, BASELINE LOW, PRESS BOX, or BASELINE 

HIGH. 
3 Pull O to access the Settings screen (>- p. 1 2) 
3 Press O to begin the game. 



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Off THE COURT 

Run the show on the NBA LIVE 2004 court. 

GAME SCREEN 

If your player is off-screen, an arrow the same color as your control indicator points toward him 
from the edge of the screen. Move and hold the O in the opposite direction of the arrow to bring 
the player on-screen. 



Controlled Player 
Player Icon 




PLAYER ICONS 

During gameplay, players are represented with an Icon indicating their skill specialty. Use these 
players to your advantage. 



ICON 


FEATURE/NAME 


Shoe with wings 


Big dunker 


Locl( 


Tight D 


3 Ball 


3 Point Shooter 


Hand 


Shot Blocker 



□ FF-BALL SWITCH 

New for NBA LIVE 2004, you can take control of any offensive player on your team on the court. 
O To enter Off-Ball Switch mode, click the @ . To switch to a different player, click the @ and 

pressO,0,©,orO. 
S To get your player to set a screen in Off-Ball Switch mode, pull O . 



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gUICK PLAYS ■ 

You can direct traffic on the court with one button using the Quick Play feature. 



Current Play 





♦ On offense, press ® to run Isolation, Post Up, Pick-and-Roll, or Basket Cut. 

♦ On defense, press ® to run Man to Man, Zone, Double Team, and Full Court Press defenses. 

PAUSE MENU 

S To access the Pause menu, press O during a game. 



RESUME GAME 
HOME/AWAY TIMEOUT 
SUBSTITUTIONS 
SELECT CONTROLLER 
SETTINGS 
STATS CENTRAL 

INSTANT REPLAY 
QUIT GAME 



Return to the current game. 

Call one of six timeouts per game for each team. 

Substitute players (>- Team Management on p. 23). 

Switch the user-controlled teams mid-game. 

Adjust your in-game settings (>- Settings on p. 12). 

View stats. Task List, and the Shot Display for the current 

game. 

View the most recent action of the game. 

Abort the current game and return to the Main menu. 



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SETTINGS 

HOrf: Many settings are self-explanatory. Those requiring explanation are 
described here. 



RULES 
FOUL OUT 

SHOT CLOCK 

OUT OF BOUNDS 
BACKCOURT VIOLATION 

TRAVELING 

GOALTENDING 

DEFENSIVE 3 SECONDS 

3 IN THE KEY 

5 SECOND INBOUNDING 
8 SECOND HALF COURT 

PREFERENCES 
AUTOMATIC REPLAYS 
PLAYER INDICATOR 

FRONT END CUT SEQUENCES 



Adjust the number of fouls allowed for each player. The 

NBA rule is 6. 

When ON, you must take a shot before the 24-second 

clock expires. 

When ON, the ball is turned over if it goes out of bounds. 

When ON, it is a violation to move the ball to the 

backcourt after it crosses the midcourt line. 

When ON, it is a violation to take more than two steps 

without dribbling. 

When ON, it is a violation to block a shot attempt after the 

ball begins to descend toward the basket. 

When ON, any defensive player entering the lane must 

guard an opponent within three seconds. 

When ON, offensive players are not allowed to stand in 

the key for more than three seconds at a time. 

When ON, you must inbound the ball within five seconds. 

When ON, you have eight seconds to advance the ball 

over the half court. 

Set the frequency at which plays are replayed. 

Set player indicators to NAME, POSITION, NUMBER, 

POSITION NO., USER NAME, or NONE. 

When ON, animated sequences are displayed in Dynasty 

Mode. 



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BAMEPLAY SETTINGS 

Change the global gameplay settings or user and CPU abilities. 

NOTE: Most of the sliders and rules in the Gameplay Settings 
screen are self-explanatory. The others are described 
below. 






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GLDBAL SLIDERS 
GAME SPEED 
BOUNDARY FORCE FIELD 



INJURY FREQUENCY 
FATIGUE EFFECT 



Set the overall speed of the game. 

Change the strength of the force field around the court. 

The boundary force field helps to prevent players from 

accidentally stepping out of bounds. 

Change the frequency of injuries. 

Change how much fatigue factors into performance in the 

game. 



USER/CPU SLIDERS 

The following adjustments affect user- or CPU-controlled players. 
FREESTYLE EFFECTIVENESS 



SUBSTITUTION FREOUENCY 
ON-BALL DEFENSE ASSIST 

FAKEOUT DISCIPLINE 

ADJUSTED SHOT PERCENTAGE 



Adjust the effectiveness of using EA SPORTS™ Freestyle 

Control (>- p. 20) moves. 

Set the frequency of substitution for CPU or user players. 

Set the amount of defensive positioning assistance for 

your current defender on the ball. 

Change user or CPU player ability to read and not react to 

fakes. 

Set the shooter's ability when he is attempting an 

adjusted lay-up. 

IN-GAME SETTINGS 

♦ Some of these settings also appear in the Quick Settings Screen (>- p. 9). 

GAME STYLE Choose SIMULATION or ACTION style. Simulation style 

plays more like a real NBA game. 
CPU ASSISTANCE When set to YES, trailing teams have a better chance of 

coming back. The default is NO. 
SHOT CONTROL Set shot control to USER or CPU. 

STAMINA BAR When ON, a bar indicates a player's current stamina. 



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PLAYBDDK 

Set your strategies and defensive matchups. 

♦ The Playbool< is oniy accessibie through the Pause menu (>- p. 11). 

DEFENSIVE MATCHUPS 

♦ You can oniy adjust defensive matchups for user-controiied teams. 

TO SET THE DEFENSIVE tvlATCHUPS: 

1. Press O to move to the opponent's iineup. 

2. Press ® I to highiight the piayer to assign. Press O . 

3. Press ® I again and move the player to match him up with a piayer from your team. Press 
©.The players swap piaces in the iineup. 

TEAM STRATEGY 

Assign different strategies and in-game notifications. 

USER PROFILES 

Set up a user profile to l<eep track of your stats, settings, and more. 

O To access the User Profiies screen, puii O in the Seiect Teams screen. 

USER PROFILES SCREEN 

USER PROFILES Seiect a user profile to piay with. 

CREATE NEW PROFILE Create and enter a new profiie name. 

PLAYER LOCK Set to a specific position or choose UNLOCKED to rotate 

between aii positions. 
SKILL LEVEL Set your sl<ili level to DEFAULT (your sl<iii ievei is 

determined by the skill ievei set in Game Settings), 

ROOKIE, STARTER, ALL-STAR, or SUPERSTAR. 
SHOT CONTROL Set shot control to DEFAULT (shot control is determined 

by the skill level set in Game Settings), CPU, or USER. 
VIBRATION Toggle vibration mode ON/OFF. 

CONFIGURE CONTROLLER Select the controller configuration that best suits your 

playing style. For more information, >- Configure 

Controlleron p. 25. 

TO CREATE A USER PROFILE: 

1. From the User Profiles screen, press ® I to highlight CREATE NEW PROFILE and press the 
O button. 

2. Enter your profile name and then press the © button again. 

S When creating a name, press®! to scroll through the alphabet. Press ®<-» to move to/ 
from the next available space. 

3. Adjust all your profile options and then press ©to accept the settings. 



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When a team is 

highlighted, press®! 

to highlight a team in the 

division 

Press the O button to 

toggle the highlighted 

team to either CPU or 

USER control 



SEASON SETUP 
DIVISION 

LEAGUE TYPE 

SEASON LENGTH 
SCHEDULE TYPE 

FANTASY DRAFT 

SIMULATION INJURIES 
INJURY NOTIFY 

SIM OUARTER LENGTH 
PLAYOFF LENGTH 

SWITCH TEAMS 

MODIFY CPU ROSTERS 

TRADE RESTRICTIONS 

TRADE DEADLINE 

CPU INITIATED TRADES 




You can play a variety of game modes, including Individual Practice where you 
can develop your EA SPORTS™ Freestyle Control moves. ^-. 

SEASON 

SEASON SETUP SCREEN 

Press ®<-> to change 
divisions 

Set up a custom or 
default NBA type of 
league 

Set the length of your 
season 

Choose a random or 
NBA type schedule 

Press the O button to 
navigate the screen 
SCREEN OPTIONS 

Toggle between the PACIFIC, MIDWEST, CENTRAL, and 
ATLANTIC divisions. 

Set the League Type to CUSTOM to rearrange the divisions 
and set the season lenght to SHORT, MEDIUM, or LONG. 
Play 28, 56, or 82 GAMES In your season. 
When set to NBA, the season schedule is set based on the 
real 2003-2004 NBA season. 

When set to YES, teams create custom rosters by drafting 
players from the pool of active NBA players (>- Fantasy 
Draffonp. 16). 

When set to YES, injuries can occur in simulated games. 
When set to YES, you are notified of injuries to your 
players. 

Set the simulated quarter length from 2 to 12 minutes. 
Set the Playoff format. The default is 7 games in each 
series. 

When set to YES, you are allowed to change user- 
controlled teams midseason. 
When set to YES, you are able to change the rosters of 
CPU-controlled teams. 

When set to YES, the CPU checks for unfair trades 
involving its own teams. 

When set to YES, all trades must take place before the 
deadline. 

When set to YES, the computer makes trade offers to the 
user. 



FANTASY DRAFT 



When you choose to hold a fantasy draft, all active NBA players are placed In a draft pool. Each 
team builds Its roster In a 12-round Fantasy Draft. 

TD RUN A FANTASY DRAFT: 

1. To reorder the draft positions, highlight the name of the team to move, and press O . Press 
® to highlight a new slot. Press O again to relocate the team. 

♦ To randomize the draft order, pull Q. 

2. Press O to begin the draft. 

3. To draft a player, press ® to highlight a player, and press © . 

4. After you select a player, he Is added to your team roster. 

S To simulate the rest of the draft, press O when It's your turn to draft. 



SEASON CENTRAL SCREEN 



Play the next game 

Review the season 

schedule or simulate 

games 

Adjust settings 

>- Settings on p. 1 2 or 

Season Setup Screen 

Options on p. 1 5) 




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Manage your ros- 
ters (>- Roster 
n/lanagement on p. 23) 

Go to the GM's desk 
Gll/I's Desli below) 



Begin the playoffs 
Immediately 

Load or save game 
files (>- Load/Save an 
p. 25) 



GM'S DESK 

Review your team's stats, matchups, standings and news from around the NBA. 
♦ For more Information, >- Tasl< List on p. 24. 

DYNASTY mode" 

You can build a Dynasty from the ground up and then manage It over several seasons. Starting 
from your first Training Camp, you can hire specialist coaches to Improve Individual and team 
abilities and then see the results from season to season. 

SELECT DYNASTY TEAM SCREEN 

Select the team with which to build your Dynasty. 

S To select a different team, press ® <-►. 

S To use the highlighted team, press O . The Dynasty Settings screen appears. 



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DYNASTY SETTINGS SCREEN 






SEASON LENGTH 
SCHEDULE TYPE 



SIM QUARTER LENGTH 
PLAYOFF LENGTH 

SIMULATION INJURIES 
INJURY NOTIFY 

CPU INITIATED TRADES 

FANTASY DRAFT 

GM EVALUATION 



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Play 28, 56, or 82 GAMES in your season. 

When set to NBA, the season schedule 

is set based on the real 2003-2004 NBA ""^^ — " 

season. 

Set the simulated quarter length from 2 to 12 minutes. 

Set the Playoff format. The default is 7 games in each 

series. 

When set to YES, injuries can occur in simuiated games. 

When set to YES, you are notified of injuries to your 

team's players. 

When set to YES, the computer makes trade offers to the 

user. 

When set to YES, teams create a custom roster by 

drafting players from the entire pool of active NBA players. 

For more information, >- Fantasy Draft on p. 15. 

When set to YES, you are judged on your performance as 

the GIVI of your franchise. 



TRAINING CAMP 

In Training Camp, you can improve your players' abilities before the season starts. 

S To begin Training Camp, press ® I to highlight ENTER TRAINING CAMP. Press © . 

After Training Camp is over, you can review the results. 

S To see the results for the player in a different category, press ® <-». 

S To check out a different player, press O . Then, press ® I to highlight a different player. 

DYNASTY CENTRAL SCREEN 

Control all aspects of your Dynasty. 

DYNASTY DEVELOPMENT 

In the Dynasty Development area, you can hire coaches to work on specific aspects of your 

team's development. Hiring specialists costs Dynasty points. 

♦ Dynasty points are awarded for accomplishing feats in the task list displayed after each game, 

season, and playoffs. For more information, >- Task List on p. 24. 
S To hire a coach, select DYNASTY EXTRAS and press O . Press ® I to highlight the type of 

coach needed. Then, press ® «-> to select the number of games for which to hire the coach. 

To complete the hire, press O . 



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OFFSEASON SCREEN 

Before you start the next season, you can take steps in the off-season to improve your Dynasty's 
roster. 

IMPORT DRAFT CLASS 

Before a new season begins, you can import an entire draft class from NCAA" March Madness'" 
2004\o NBA LIVE 2004m your IVIU or hard disl<. 

TO IMPORT A DRAFT CLASS: 

1. After the NBA Finals have been played, select IMPORT DRAFT CtASS from the overlay at the 
end of the season. 

2. Load the desired Draft Class file from your IVIU or hard disk. The players are imported to 
NBA LIVE 2004 and the off-season begins. 

TEAM ROSTER 

Begin the offseason by reviewing your current team roster. Find out who is under contract and 
who is a free agent. 

RETIRING PLAYERS 

View the list of players who have decided to hang it up. 

DRAFT LOTTERY 

The 1 3 teams that failed to make the playoffs the previous season are thrown into a draft lottery. 
Teams with worse records have a better chance of receiving the number one pick in the lottery. 

RE-SIBN PLAYERS 

RE-SIGN YOUR FREE AGENTS. 

1. Press ® I to highlight the player to re-sign. 

2. To change the number of years of the contract, press O to highlight the contract length area. 
Press ® «-» to adjust the contract length. 

3. Press O to re-sign him. 

S When you're finished re-signing players, press O to return to the Off Season screen. 

ROOKIE DRAFT 

Fill your roster spots with rookies who are coming into the NBA this year. 
S To draft a rookie, press ® I to highlight a player from the player pool. Press © to add him 
to your squad. 

SIGN FREE AGENTS 

Add free agents to your team. 

J> To sign a free agent, press ® I to select a player. Press © to sign the player. 

TRADE PLAYERS 

S For information on trading players, >■ Roster Management on p. 23. 



PLAYOFFS 

Skip the regular season and participate in the Piayoffs. 



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Current Playoff settings 



Conference Playoff Tree 



1. Press ®«-> to select a conference. 

2. Press O to navigate to the team ilst. Press ® I to highlight a team. 
S To select a different team, press ® <->. 

S To toggle human or CPU control of the team, press © . 

3. Press O to highlight the options on the right side of the screen. Press ® I to highlight a 
setting, and press ® *-► to change it. 

4. To begin the playoffs that you've configured, press O ■ 

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Battle 1 on 1 against any of the league's finest players or All-Stars from the past. 

1. From the Select Players screen, press ® <-> to choose a team from the team selector. 

2. Press O to highlight the court selector. Press ® <-► to choose the court on which to play. 

3. Press O again to highlight the first player in the list. Highlight a player and press © to 
select him. Then, highlight HOiVIE or AWAY and press © . The new player is selected for the 
next game. 

t. Repeat to choose a second player. 

5. Press O to advance to the Select Controller screen (>- p. 1 1 ). 

INDIVIDUAL PRACTICE 

Practice the EA SPORTS Freestyle Control moves In Individual Practice. 

1. in the Select Player screen, press O to highlight the player Ilst. Press ® I to cycle through 
the current team's players. Press © to select the highlighted player. 

S To change teams, press ®<-» when the team bar Is highlighted. 

2. Press O to advance to the Select Controller screen (>- p. 1 1 ). 



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FREESTYLE COnTROL 

Every basketball player has his or her own style. EA SPORTS Freestyle Control lets you express 

your hoops style with fresh moves, freaky handles, and tough D. 

S To review a tutorial, press ® t to highlight the desired tutorial. Press O to begin the tutorial. 

UOTE: For more information on how to use the EA SPORTS Freestyle 
Control, visit www.nbalive2004.com. 

HDW FREESTYLE WORKS 

When you move the EA SPORTS Freestyle Control (® ) in any direction, your player on the court 
busts a Freestyle move. IVlaking the same shape results in the same move every time. 

♦ You can create combinations of Freestyle moves. Use Practice mode to build your own set of 
moves. 

OFFENSE 

EA SPORTS Freestyle Control shines on offense, where every player has a unique game. 

EA SPORTS Freestyle Control produces moves based on what your player is doing at any point 

during a game. Different moves are performed depending on which hand your player is using to 

control the ball. 

S To perform a spin move, move the @t while your player is running. 

S To perform a cross-over, move the @<-> towards the ball-handler's opposite hand. 

♦ EA SPORTS Freestyle Controls really shine when your player receives the ball in half -court 
offense (the Triple Threat position). 

DEFENSE 

While your player has fewer Freestyle moves on defense, they can be very effective in stopping 
your opponent. Take time to master the Freestyle moves for defense. 



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In My NBA LIVE, you can buy NBA gear, enter NBA Codes, and more. Be sure to 
use EA SPORTS™ Bio to unlock rewards In NBA LIVE 2004. 

NOTE: Most of the settings featured in My NBA LIVE are self-explanatory. 
The others are listed below. 

NBA STORE 

In the NBA Store, you can outfit your favorite players with sweet NBA gear and purchase old 
school uniforms. 

♦ To purchase Items In the NBA Store, you must complete tasks to earn NBA Store points. For 
more Information, >- Task List on p. 24. . 

EA SPORTS™ BIO 

EA SPORTS Bio is a new feature designed to reward you for playing EA SPORTS titles. Your EA 
SPORTS Bio, a file shared between EA SPORTS games via hard disk, is a summary that tracks 
key accomplishments and time spent playing different titles in the EA SPORTS lineup. 

NOTE: The EA SPORTS Bio file can only be saved to the hard disk. 

♦ The first time you select EA SPORTS BIO from the IVIy NBA LIVE screen, you are prompted to 
create an EA SPORTS Bio. You are also prompted when you complete accomplishments or 
reach a new gamer level (>- below). 

EA SPORTS BAMER LEVELS 

When you first create your EA SPORTS Bio, you start out as a Level 1 gamer. There are multiple 
ways that you can earn credit toward a promotion to the next level. 

EA SPORTS TITLES PLAYED 

Every EA SPORTS title that you add to your EA SPORTS resume gets you more credit toward the 
next gamer level. Play more products, earn a higher level rating — it's as easy as that. 

GAME TIME 

And you thought you'd never get recognized or rewarded for all the time you put in on 
EA SPORTS titles. Finally you get rewarded for all your loyalty and devotion to EA SPORTS. 
Does it get any better than this? The more time you put in, the faster you rise to the next level. 

NUMBER DF GAMES PLAYED 

Every game you play and complete gives you credit toward the next level. In addition, 
winning games gives you additional bonus points toward your level. 

REWARDS 

When you reach a new level, you may unlock a game-specific reward. Some rewards are bigger 
than others; it all depends on the level you achieve. 

♦ A level increase potentially unlocks rewards for all EA SPORTS titles in your Bio, regardless of 
which title the level was achieved while playing. 



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accomplishments 

Number of all- 

EA SPORTS titles 

played 




Total combined 
hours logged for 
each EA SPORTS title 
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Press O to delete 
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ACCOMPLISHMENTS 

In each EA SPORTS game, there are certain accomplishments that you can achieve. These 
accomplishments vary by title. 

♦ When you achieve an accomplishment, a prompt appears asl<ing If you want to save this 
accomplishment to your EA SPORTS Bio. 

MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS 

This list shows the five highest-ranking accomplishments. 

RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS 

This list shows the most recent accomplishments, sorted by date. 



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TEam manaGEmENT 

Take control over your team by managing your rosters. 
ROSTER MANAGEMENT 



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1. In the Reorder Rosters screen, select the team whose roster you want to reorder by pressing 
®« 

2. To jump to the player pool, press O . Press ® I to highlight a player to move. Press © . 

3. Highlight the second player, and press © . 

4. Press O to accept the change. 

TRADE PLAYERS 

1. In the Trade Players screen, select the first team involved in the trade. Then, press O to 
jump to the other team selector. Select the second team in the trade. 

2. Press ® I to select a player to trade. Press © to place the player on the Trading Block. 

3. Press O again to jump team rosters. Select the other player to trade. 

4. To execute the trade, press O ■ 

SIBN/RELEASE PLAYERS 

1. From the Sign/Release Players screen, press O to move between the team selector and the 
Free Agent list. 

2. Press ® I to select a player to sign or release. Press © to add the player to the team roster 
or release him to the Free Agent list. 

CREATE PLAYER 

S From the Create Player screen, highlight one of the Create Player options and press © . 
S After your player is created, highlight DONE from the Create Player screen and press © . Your 
created player is saved and added to the Free Agent Pool. 

EDIT PLAYER 

1. From the Edit Player screen, select the team of the player to edit. Then, select the player. 

2. Highlight the player category you wish to edit, and press © . 

♦ For real NBA players, you can only edit Info, Ratings, and Gear options. 

3. When finished, highlight DONE and press © . 



CREATED PLAYERS LIST 

View the entire list of created players. You can have up to 25 created players at any time. 

RESET ROSTERS 

Cancel all trades, signings, and other transactions and reset all team rosters back to their 
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STATS CENTRAL 

View Player Stats, Team Stats, or User Stats. 

TASK LIST 

Complete any listed task in a game and earn NBA Store points. Your points are stored In the 

current User Profile. 

♦ You can redeem earned points In the NBA Store for cool gear and old school uniforms. For 

more Information, >- NBA Store on p. 22. 
3 To review tasks for Player, Team, or Season goals, press ®<-». 



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OPTIONS ^^ iS« 

Load or save files, and change your options. ~— ™ !~'^^ 

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♦ You can aiso change your Rules (>- p. 1 2), Preferences (>- p. 1 2), Gameplay ^ -ih. .^^^g^i^ 
Settings (>- p. 1 3), and in-Game Settings (>- p. 1 3). ^ 

LDAD/SAVE 

Save your game, user profiies, settings, and roster files to a memory unit (IVIU) or hard disl<. 

ffOTf: Never insert or remove a memory unit (MU) when ioading or saving 
files. 

TO SAVE A FILE: 

7. From the Load/Save menu, press® I to highlight the file type to save. Press©. 
2. Name your save file, and press O . The file is saved to your MU or hard disi<. 

TO LOAD A FILE: 

1. Press ® t to highlight the file type to ioad. Press © . 

2. Press ® I to highlight the file to load, and then press © . 

TD DELETE A FILE: 

7. Press ® I to highlight DELETE FILE. Press © . 
2. Press ® I and highlight the fiie to delete. Press © . 

CONFIGURE CDNTRDLLER 

Change the configuration to use in the game. 

TO CHANGE YOUR CONTROLLER CONFIGURATION: 

7. Press ® <-» to choose from three preset controller configurations. 

♦ You can review the selected controller configuration for ON OFFENSE and ON DEFENSE. 
2. Press O to accept the change. 

JUKEBOX 

in the Jui<ebox, you can design your own mix of EA SPORTS'" TRAX. 

S To switch the playbaci< order, highiight the first track and press © . Then, highlight the 

second traci< and press © . 
S To toggle playbaci< of a track, highlight it and puil O . 
3 To accept changes, press O . 



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